According to Italian newspaper Corriere dello Sport (via Sport Witness), Chelsea have no issues in letting Davide Zappacosta extend his stay at AS Roma for another season.
The 27-year-old right back returned to Italy last summer in a bid to stay fit and get more playing time, but he’s been unable to do either thanks to a knee injury that’s caused him to miss almost the entire season.
But instead of simply sending Zappacosta back to Stamford Bridge, Roma want to give him another chance to shine at Stadio Olimpico. And apparently so do Chelsea, who, according to the report, are “intent on leaving him” there for another season as a way to hopefully increase his market value.
While this could turn out in many different ways when it comes down to details in a new contract — right to buy options are almost always a thing in Serie A, even if they often mean nothing, such as in the case of Mario Pašalić at Atalanta last season — it sounds like we’re well on our way to sorting out Zappacosta’s near-term future. (Though we shouldn’t be surprised if other options appear in the future, either to make things more difficult to Roma, or just to keep the rumour mill churning.)